Entornointeligente.com / WESTERN BUREAU:
WHILE THE Government is placing much faith in the intermittent lockdown of the country as a COVID-19-containment measure, Dr Christopher Ogunsalu, the outspoken senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies, has described the measure as selfish.
“What the Government is doing has no scientific basis and should be stopped. It is selfish to the point that it leaves only the tourist industry intact for economic reasons, which continues to backfire since the tourists are primarily responsible for the importation of the virus and the emerging new strains coming into Jamaica,” said Ogunsalu.
According to Ogunsalu, the current strategy of opening Wednesday, Thursday and Friday does nothing but facilitate excessive crowding, with no social distancing, on Wednesday, since people are trying to make up for the time lost to productivity on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as a consequence of the lockdown.
“The strategy itself has not brought down the number of COVID-19 cases. The hospitals are overburdened because of the number of tests they have to do and the treatment to be carried out on sick COVID-19 patients. There are a lot more cases unrecorded or documented, mainly because the patients do not have money for testing because of this same lockdown,” said Ogunsalu.
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